At what point is it ok to "help"?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Newbie chick 30, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Newbie chick 30

    Newbie chick 30 In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    I have a little guy that seems like he has been hatching least 12 hrs...I keep checking on him and he doesn't seem to be making much progress...i'm so nervous he is going to "drowned" or get "shrink wrapped"...when can i come in and help with shell?
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Leave it alone! You can do more harm than good! It can take much longer! Sit on your hands and do nothing!
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Songster

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Leave him alone. 12 hours is very common. Infact, most take 24 hours or more.

    The most I'd let him set there after making a hole in the egg is 3 days. Theres

    MANY dangers of 'helping' the chick out of the egg. you could easily break a

    vein, and the chick bleeds to death. Then theres the fact that he may just not

    be ready.

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